2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Worthless Sport Displays
July 24, 2014
Playing aimlessly with the iDrive system of our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo can have its rewards, but it can also be a bit like surfing eBay Motors after a few hard lemonades. You wake up the next day with a bad headache and keen sense of regret.
So I found out.
No, I didn't use iDrive to buy a 1977 AMC Gremlin X with the factory slot mags. Although that would be cool. But I did poke around in the bowels of the system and regretfully discovered something called Sport Displays, which sounded cool.
Two gauges appear on the screen. According to the owner's manual they display the engine's current values for horsepower and torque.
Forget the fact that focusing on these gauges while driving down the road is a bad idea. The real issue here is: How are you benefiting from this information? And of course the answer is that there is no benefit. It's completely worthless.
Sure, when parked, it was fun to rev the car's engine and watch the needles move up and down, as I did for the photo op. But it was fun once. I'll never do it again.
I suspect that 99.9% of the folks that buy this car are smarter than me and won't even bother.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 13,417 miles